World Endurance Championship Round 1. Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. May 2018.

Just days before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours test day next month the privateer LMP1 entrants have been handed a further penalty in the form of a power reduction in the latest Equivalence of Technology bulletin.

For the test day on June 3rd, the fuel-flow rate has been further reduced in comparison with that of the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa for the non-hybrid cars; they will be now be allowed 108kg of fuel per hour rather than 110kg/hr, while the fuel flow rate for the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids remains unchanged at 80kg/hr.

The FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest are trying desperately, and some say forlornly, to balance the cars in the combined LMP1 category in order to hand Toyota a promised lap-time advantage of half a second per lap around the Circuit de la Sarthe.

In the event that any of the non-hybrid privateer cars run faster than the Toyotas at Le Mans it is conceivable that they will be handed a stop/go or stop/wait penalty on their subsequent pit stop(s).

The amount of fuel the privateers will be allowed to use each lap and over a standard stint at Le Mans has yet to be announced and will be determined after test day.